The run up to the Oscars was heralded by three billboard installations by conservative street artist Sabo, a nod to the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missourii”. Does this mean conservatives are making a play for women voters after all?
The billboard predicting “and the Oscar for the biggest pedophile goes to”, didn’t quite come true. There were Oscars for Gary Oldman, accused of beating and choking his wife, and Kobe Bryant, who settled out of court on sexual assault. Ryan Seacrest was there, but widely snubbed, in the aftermath of some rumors of crotch grabbing, but Kathy Griffin offered his accuser a job. Griffin, who was photographed with a fake head of Donald Trump, has been deemed too transgressive to get work in the industry.
The most newsworthy event of the evening was Frances McDormand’s speech. She asked all the women who had been nominated to stand up, saying that they still had unfunded projects that deserved to be made, and at the end of the speech, introduced the concept of he “inclusion rider”.
The concept of the “inclusion rider” was introduced by Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who studied diversity in films and discovered that surprise, surprise, surprise, casting was not representative of the population.
“The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it” she explained. “I would argue that only 8 to 10 of those characters are actually relevant to the story. The remaining 30 or so roles, there’s no reason why those minor roles can’t match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place. An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live.”
This would not be a bad thing for Wikipedia to adopt.
If Frances McDormand looks familiar, she was the pregnant sheriff in “Fargo”. Speaking of wood-chipper murders, did you know the movie was inspired by a real murder, that of Helle Crafts, whose Wikipedia article is perversely at “Murder of Helle Crafts“.
Men who are only notable for having killed someone get their own names and identities, like Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, or Ted Bundy, are all given the dignity of their own names by Wikipedia titles, while the unfortunate Helle Crafts, who had filed for divorce and did not wish to be linked to her husband in real life, is irrevocably possessed by him in death, sickeningly labeled by Wikipedia with the violence he did to her. Surely her life was much more than that.